The two Kiwi drivers endured a mixed day at the Alabama Grand Prix.
The 23-year-old sits second in the drivers standings after two races.
Jamie Whincup pipped the Kiwi in the first race on Sunday.
The defending champ will start fifth, his countryman 12th for the series opener.
Pukekohoe edged out Hampton Down to host the New Zealand round on the Supercar circuit
The Kiwi driver continues to build his championship lead.
The rally is the first in New Zealand to offset the carbon emissions of its competitors.
The flying Kiwi is just days away from his US series opener.
The 30-year-old returns to Mt Panorama for the first time since 2018.